Spring Pests – How to deal with Pine Scale on your garden pines

It just kills me when I can finally head out into my garden in spring, finally being finished with our windy Saskatchewan winters, only to find some of my green beauties being eaten alive by pests. The weather has only just gotten into the double digits and these tiny monsters are already hard at it. Pine Scales.  This ornamental upright mugo pine is one of my favorites in the winter landscape here in the prairies. It will never get really huge, it doesn’t grow that quickly and it provides year round interest and colour.  For the last few years I have been battling to get rid of scale. Two years ago, I blasted this baby with this Dormant Spray Kit of Green Earth Liquid Lime Sulphur and Horticultural oil spray. Last year, there were very few scales, but this year they have returned with avengence.   I had to wait the day time temperature was over 5 degrees Celsius to spray. And also I had to wait for night time temperatures to not be plunging in order to turn my water on.  I have yet to see what a “crawler” looks like. I only see these nasty white scales they leave behind. So I am treating anyway. It is also recommended if you only have a small amount of scales, just to cut them out and get rid of those branches that are infected. Hope this helps you in your pursuit to make your garden beautiful!  You should be able to find this Dormant Spray Kit at most garden centres, even Canadian Tire or Home Depot.  Now go kill those nasties!!

hardy to zone 2 in Canada. 8 years old – 6 ft tall

I recommend purchasing a spray bottle to attach to your hose like the one pictured below. You will want to label this and save it for future use with these products. The oil is not nice to try to clean and you will not want to re-use it with other sprays. Keep this bottle, just for use with the Horticultural oil.  So it is early May here in Saskatchewan.  The product recommends you apply it early in the day to allow time for it to dry on the tree and avoid the chance of it freezing. The goal with this product is to kill the scale insect. You want to kill them while they are in the crawler stage. I may have waited too long, this is a pretty nasty looking infestation that I have on this beautiful tree.  So we need to spray once in early spring to get rid of this white scale and once again 10 days later, so you can try to kill the crawlers once they hatch.  These sprays are supposed to be non-toxic to humans and animals. I recommend purchasing a spray bottle to attach to your hose like the one pictured below. You will want to label this and save it for future use with these products. The oil is not nice to try to clean and you will not want to re-use it with other sprays. Keep this bottle, just for use with the Horticultural oil.  So it is early May here in Saskatchewan.  The product recommends you apply it early in the day to allow time for it to dry on the tree and avoid the chance of it freezing. The goal with this product is to kill the scale insect. You want to kill them while they are in the crawler stage. I may have waited too long, this is a pretty nasty looking infestation that I have on this beautiful tree.  So we need to spray once in early spring to get rid of this white scale and once again 10 days later, so you can try to kill the crawlers once they hatch.  These sprays are supposed to be non-toxic to humans and animals.

 

 

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Moose Jaw Dance Photography – Kira

 

This very fun…and very wet photo shoot here in little old Moose Jaw was a collaboration between a young and very talented local dancer from Dance Images by BJ, her wonderful mom, Sara and myself.  We had fun being inspired by photos on Pinterest and www.dancersamongus.com.  We said, “If they can do it, why can’t we?”  And I can’t back down from a challenge 🙂  The weather was not that pleasant this late June evening, but then our entire June hasn’t been so wonderful.  But it did still make fore pretty light for us.  Just meant swatting mosquitos and standing in the rain and checking for ticks…eeew…  But I must say we are tough Saskatchewan girls! We can take it!  And yes, we still had a blast despite our rather adverse circumstances. Had to get this done before their big trip to NYC!  This young lady is on her way with many incredible awards and a fantastic scholarship under her belt.  I think we are going to see this beauty on Broadway someday!

Shelley Hager - February 9, 2015 - 2:56 pm

Hi!
I would like some information on Grad packages and costs. My daughter, Paige, is graduating from Peacock June 30th. One of her very good friends, Andrea MacDonald, had her pictures done by you, and we were both extremely impressed with them. Paige is also a passionate figure skater, and so we would like to have some photos taken centered around skating as well. Any information you can provide would be great!
Thanks,
Shelley Hager

My girl…because a momma’s allowed to be proud….

These photos were NOT taken by me.  These are from www.silverswanphotography.ca .  They were taken during Dance Inspirations 2014 right here in little old Moose Jaw.  I was so pleased to finally be able to have photos taken during a performance.  We can do posed images and these are fun as are some action shots. But there is nothing like the real thing…that emotion and energy that can only be captured at a real live performance or competition. So I am forever in your debt, Silver Swan!  And so I can’t help but share a few of these fantastic images that you captured for our family.

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The Nutcracker – Moose Jaw Dance Photography

Since we just finished up our last Moose Jaw dance competition for this year, Dance Inspirations 2014, I thought I should share this little beauty from our studio.  I love the story of the Nutcracker…and I think this sweetheart makes the perfect Clara. She danced like a dream in competition!  I think we dance moms and dads need to make a plan to create another performance opportunity next year, so that all the families can enjoy each of the these beautiful solos, duos and trios. Wouldn’t that be great to borrow the phenomenal idea of BJ’s dance images…where they raise money for charity and host a one evening performance for the routines that are not included in the recital.  Maybe a few weeks before Carnival?   Just a thought, let me know if you are a Doris Sitter School of Dance parent and might be interested in helping me organize something like this for 2015!  In the meantime…enjoy this sweet little Clara!

Moose Jaw Dance Photography – Morgan Brown

It is Dance competition season again…one of my favorite times of year.  Yes, I must admit, I am living vicariously through my girl.  Dance training just wasn’t an option when I was a child.  Boy, did I miss out.  But at least I get the opportunity to lose myself in dance when I sit in the audience.  To me it is just such a breath-taking art.  We wanted to challenge Morgan this year with a spanish solo.  Not her usual cutesy type of dance.  But something that required her to step outside her comfort zone and become someone she isn’t for a few moments.  She is still working on the theatrical aspect…I think it takes years to perfect the ability to become your character onstage.  But it sure is fun to watch her try. Morgan placed second in her Novice Ballet solo at the Moose Jaw Dance Carnival 2014 and her novice ballet group took 1st place. Can’t wait for this years Dance Inspirations 2014.  We have a fantastic line up of adjudicators including…Sean CheesmanAnthony LoCascio and Rhonda Nychka-Cunningham.

I splurged a little this year and found this fantastic Spanish Tutu on ebay. Gina is in London, England and her tutus ship quickly from China.  Gina was super helpful with getting the custom sizing set up with her seamstresses.  I think it took about 4-5 weeks from order to arriving on my doorstep here in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada.  I love the beautiful stitching and the amount of tulle that she uses in her tutus.  I will definitely be ordering from her again!  Thanks, Gina…we were so pleased.Morgan’s hair ribbon and flowers were made by my good friend, Orsi of OrschicDesigns.    If you need a custom made hair piece for your dance competitions or recitals…she is the lady to find, right here in Moose Jaw.   See you at the Festival!

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